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Trump’s Ego Is Officially a Foreign Policy Crisis

Throughout American history, a lack of presidential empathy has triggered international calamity.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may have been unduly harsh when he recently described the White House as “mentally handicapped.” But you can see why he may have thought so. U.S. President Donald Trump was so sure that if he pulled out of the nuclear pact with Iran he could then bully Rouhani and the Iranian leadership into submission that he was utterly flummoxed when they responded with bullying of their own. The people around Trump who had pushed him to abrogate the agreement were perfectly prepared to maneuver Iran into a position where the United States could initiate hostilities and blame the Iranians. Maybe they told Trump that wouldn’t happen; in any case, he believed it.

Trump’s cognitive limitations,

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